Heather “The Heat” Hardy is a true example of a fighter. Heather is a two-sport professional athlete – a 2 Division Boxing World Champion with a stellar 22-0 (4 KO) record and Professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Fighter with a 2-2 record in the cage. The Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn, NY native made history by becoming the first woman to be signed to a long term promotional contract to DiBella Entertainment, the biggest boxing promoter in NY. She is also the first woman to box professionally and be put on a boxing card at the Barclays Center in 2014 and the first to have her fight broadcast on national television in 2016, the last time a women’s fight was included in a national telecast was almost 15 years prior.
Heather is a staunch advocate for women’s sports, especially equal pay in women’s sports, and in between fighting in the ring or the cage, shares her message and story with audiences across the country. Life hasn’t been easy for Heather, but she has persevered and never quit. After a divorce, she became the sole breadwinner and worked multiple jobs to make the ends meet. And, after Hurricane Sandy left her neighborhood and home in shambles, Heather would run 9 miles to the gym to train and sleep there to pick up training shifts.
She trains at World Famous Gleason’s Gym located in Brooklyn, New York which has been home to many boxing champions over the years. She is a loving and committed single mother to a creative teenage daughter and in her spare time, she is a personal boxing trainer working with celebrities and business professionals.